If your contract is well constructed and understood by all parties, you can prevent yourself from being exploited as to who owns the beat, who has the rights to use the beat, and how all royalties earned are distributed. These are Google`s results that are rendered by a search for “beat-leasing” contracts. Whether you`re emptying Beats (not exclusively) or securing exclusive rights, these are great ways to secure an instrument for your own project. The extent to which you can use it is defined in the manufacturer`s specific contract on beat-leasing/exclusive rights. How do you protect yourself as an artist? First ask the producer if the rhythm has already been exploited. Take a moment to do some Google research at the producer to see what happens. Use Shazam to see if it is displayed as connected to other tracks. And of course, you always read the Beat Lease Agreement to see what it says, if at all, about previous uses of rhythm. If you are represented by a lawyer or if you have sufficient knowledge to do it yourself, add to the agreement insurance and guarantees, that is, promises, which stipulate that the producer actually owns the rhythm and that he or she will compensate you, that is, he will reimburse you damages if someone sues you because of your use of the beat. Unfortunately, you can rent or buy a rhythm from a producer just to find out later that the producer has never owned the rhythm or that he has already rented or sold it to someone else. The Beat rental agreement may also stipulate that, although you have an exclusive license for the Beat in the future, that license is subject to any previous non-exclusive licenses that the producer may have granted. A non-exclusive is subject to the terms and limits of your contract.
For example, if your rental agreement allows you to sell 7000 copies of your single in a profitable way, once these 7000 are reached, you will have to buy back the beat leasing contract or update it exclusively. If you are not careful and withdraw your song, the producer could take your income for sales of more than 7000 units. Producer-artist leasing competitions usually have different price levels to choose from. For example, I have 3 steps of beat leasing options available on Pooksomnia, all of which depend on the needs of an artist – Basic, Standard & Pro Unlimited Lease (image below). For a one-time fee, an experienced music and contract lawyer can create a producer contract template that you can use in all your Beat licenses. Not only are you legally protected, but your lawyer will also work with you to develop a licensing strategy, including pricing, geographic market segmentation, and maturity limitations that put the most money in your pocket. . . .